Most people love dogs, but those who do not often have been the victim of a dog bite in the past and have not gotten over it. Dogs can be very lovable, but they also have been known to sink their teeth into humans that startle or threaten them.
How many dogs actually bite people? Well, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. seeks medical attention for a bite from a dog. That’s how many. In addition, 18 people die every year from dog bites.
The most common dog bites that necessitate medical attention are bites to the face, often suffered by young children who do not know how to behave around dogs. Such cases make up a huge share of the 800,000 dog bites inflicted per year.
Treatment for those dog bites runs to $165 million, much of that money poured into treatment of the 44,000 facial injuries suffered each year. Again, the most serious injuries are almost completely concentrated in the under-10 age set.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, you don’t have to settle for an apology from the owner. Many times, the thought is that if the incident occurred on the owner’s property, then s/he is not liable for any injuries. This is not true, and it comes into play often because 70% of dog bites occur on the owner’s legal property.
It’s best to consult with a dog bite lawyer to find out if you have legal grounds for a case. If the owner of the dog can be found guilty of any number of forms of negligence, you will have a strong case that can lead to the compensation that you need to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering.
If you have had a child suffer a dog bite, you owe it to him or her to consult with a dog bite lawyer. Many of these attorneys offer free consultations. Take advantage of that and contact a dog bite attorney today.
What are examples of owner negligence in these cases?
- If the owner did not restrain the dog with a leash
- If the owner did not keep the dog inside the home
- If it can even be proven that the owner failed to provide the proper training and care for the dog.
Among the breeds notorious for being aggressive are:
- Pit bulls
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chows
Another tip about prosecuting owners for dog bites is that you should never, ever let your sentimentality interfere with the law. Just because you love dogs and don’t want to hold a dog and its owner responsible for a bite, you should not let your emotion cloud your good judgment. Dog owners need to be held responsible for the acts that their pets commit. Contact a good dog bite lawyer today and begin to build your case. Leave your love of dogs completely out of your preparations.
Dog bites can result in cuts and lacerations, abrasions, punctures, fractured bones and crushing wounds. Dog bites to the face usually impact the lips, nose and cheeks. The vast majority of bites do not occur in unusual situations, but in entirely normal circumstances where people are having appropriate social interaction. As stated before, this is often on the dog owner’s property. A full 77% of dog bites are done by “friendly” dogs that are known by the victim.
Not even the best dog psychologist can explain why placid, friendly dogs become biters. There is much more going on in a dog’s mind that you might realize. The dog might feel threatened or insecure for some reason. The dog might be having a mild panic attack due to an unknown cause, or the dog might just be genetically predisposed to be aggressive and lacking training to limit its natural instincts.
What is certain is that young children should never be left alone with dogs, no matter how friendly the owner claims the dog is or you believe it to be. Young children are curious and do not yet have full control over their muscle movements. Thus, they can hit dogs in ways that they do not plan and crowd dogs into situations where dogs are not at all comfortable. By the way, puppies can be the worst offenders in dog bite cases.
Even in cases where you might think that your child is completely guilty, it is best to let a qualified dog bite attorney make that call. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, call an attorney today to discuss your possible case.